Shot girl, 5, still ‘crit­i­cal’

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A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl re­mained in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal to­day af­ter be­ing shot in the chest.

Po­lice are hunt­ing three youths who shot her and a 35-year-old shop­keeper.

The child, un­der­stood to be called Thusha Ka­maleswaran, is be­lieved to be Lon­don’s youngest gun­crime vic­tim.

The shop­keeper, be­lieved to be Roshan Sel­vaku­mar, was shot in the head. Po­lice said they re­mained in a “crit­i­cal but sta­ble” con­di­tion.

They were hit as two youths cow­ered in the Stock­well Food and Wine Shop in south Lon­don af­ter be­ing chased by three other youths on bi­cy­cles.

As the pair hid in­side, the gun­man stopped at the door and opened fire in­dis­crim­i­nately.

Po­lice are not sure how many bul­lets were fired in the in­ci­dent at 9.15pm on Tues­day.

The three at­tack­ers, who a wit­ness said were aged be­tween 14 and 17, fled as their in­tended tar­gets chased them on foot from the Stock­well Road shop along Broom­grove Road and into Stock­well Park Es­tate.

The vic­tims, who po­lice un­sched­uled visit here – will be a very im­por­tant fac­tor in just adding to the weight against the Gaddafi regime and tip­ping the bal­ance against him.”

The news is a much-needed boost for the Libyan op­po­si­tion af­ter the regime’s troops re­cap­tured the oil town of Ras Lanouf and fears that airstrikes and a no-fly zone are not enough to help rebels. said were Sri Lankan and un­re­lated, were rushed to hos­pi­tal in south Lon­don.

The girl was vis­it­ing rel­a­tives when the at­tack­ers struck.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Tony Boughton urged wit­nesses to come for­ward and said: “This is a ter­ri­ble in­ci­dent where an in­no­cent child has been se­ri­ously in­jured.”

Peter Rob­bins, one of three Lam­beth coun­cil­lors rep­re­sent­ing the area, said: “It is in­cred­i­bly shock­ing. I think the whole com­mu­nity at the mo­ment is numb and hor­ri­fied, and rightly so.”

Both David Cameron and US sec­re­tary of state Hil­lary Clin­ton sug­gested that there was a pos­si­bil­ity of arm­ing rebels – al­though no de­ci­sion has been taken.

And Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is also re­ported to have signed a se­cret or­der au­tho­ris­ing covert US gov­ern­ment sup­port for op­po­si­tion forces – which could mean sig­nif­i­cant CIA ac­tiv­ity on the ground.

RE­TAL­I­A­TION: Nato have been car­ry­ing out airstrikes in a bid to help the rebels. REFUGE: Libya’s for­eign min­is­ter Musa Kusa has de­fected to the UK.

PROBE: Forensics ex­perts at the scene.

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